I am a senior Assistant Professor at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, TU Delft (The Netherlands).
My main efforts of research are into GOVERNANCE, SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY and SPATIAL JUSTICE as FRAMEWORKS that enable the understanding of urbanisation processes and as TOOLS that enable planners and designers to elaborate strategies to achieve sustainable and fair urban development.
In other words, governance, social sustainability and spatial justice are frameworks for understanding and tools for acting.
SPATIAL JUSTICE refers to the promotion of access to public goods, basic services, culture, economic opportunity and healthy environments through fair and inclusive spatial planning and management of urban and rural spaces and resources. This is crucial in order to promote more equitable and socially sustainable societies and to promote the full realization of human potentials.
Cities in the developing world are far from offering those conditions to most citizens. In order to achieve spatial justice, we must work towards sustainable governance, fair redistribution of resources and spatial benefits and opportunities. These things will be more easily achieved through democracy and participation.
Spatial planners have a special task as designers of new relationships between civil society, the public sector and the private sector
in urban development and renewal in order to promote those conditions. See a presentation on this issue HERE
. For a text on SPATIAL JUSTICE published on the ATLANTIS MAGAZINE
, click HERE
In order to understand aspects of Spatial Justice and the links between informal urbanisation and processes of democratisation, I am editing a book together with Jan Ballegooijen on the “Political Meaning of Informal Urbanisation“.
This is a crucial topic, because urbanisation processes in the Global South are accelerating dramatically. Most of this new urbanisation is happening informally, that is, outside planning frameworks and mostly outside the rule of law. Although informal urbanisation can be seen as the expression of the entrepreneurship of the poor and their will to be in the city, it is also the physical expression of social and economic exclusion and the failure of the rule of law in providing universal positive rights to all citizens. In other words, informal urbanisation is often the expression of exclusion of citizenship and the rule of law that protects citizens. We are investigating how informal urbanisation is connected to struggles for inclusion in the city and in structures of citizenship. Informal urbanisation has a political meaning and we are exploring it IN CONTEXT, working with authors from all over the world to give us their accounts. This book is peer-reviewed and will be published by Routledge. You can see details about the project HERE.
I followed a post-Masters course in Urban Management at the former Institut Français d’Urbanisme
(Marne-la-Valée, near Paris), but did not complete the course. I later obtained a doctoral degree at the Delft University of Technology
in the Netherlands, where I have been an assistant professor at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy since 2007. I have published several articles and book chapters, organised workshops and courses and spoken in conferences and symposiums as keynote speaker.
I am specialized in regional planning, tools for urban management and governance. My background is on spatial planning and new economic geography applied to strategic planning. I also teach courses at the European Master of Urbanism EMU
and courses on RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
You can see the list of my publications elsewhere in this BLOG
Please, see a summary of my research and design activities below: